Emirates is to launch a new service to Basra in Iraq from 2nd February next year. Basra will be Emirates’110th international destination and the sixth to launch in the 2010-2011 financial year. Subject to government approval, the service will operate four times a week each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. “Basra is a significant market for Emirates,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group. “The city’s recent growth has paved the way for numerous multinational companies and industries to invest in infrastructure and we have seen strong potential from a number of our markets. Since the 2009 oil field bid, traffic from the US and Europe into Basra has increased significantly and we are ready to capitalise on this growth.” The flight will be operated by an Airbus A330, in a three class configuration, First Class, Business Class and Economy Class on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in a two class configuration, Business Class and Economy Class, on Mondays.